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Open Babel is a chemical toolbox designed to speak the many languages of chemical data. It's an open, collaborative project allowing anyone to search, convert, analyze, or store data from molecular modeling, chemistry, solid-state materials, biochemistry, or related areas.
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That means that Open Babel has two main pieces:
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* '''[[Guides|Ready-to-use programs]]''' for interconverting, searching, modifying, and analyzing chemical files
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* A '''[[:Category:Developer|complete programmer's toolkit]]''' to allow easy chemistry software development
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==Heredity==
 
==Heredity==
  
In the beginning there was [http://www.eyesopen.com/babel/ Babel]. And it was useful, liked by many and lived many years. And eventually there was OBabel which never saw the light of day. And OBabel lead to [http://www.eyesopen.com/products/toolkits/oelib.html OELib]. This was good and open and free. And into this day, what was OELib has become Open Babel (C++) and [http://joelib.sourceforge.net JOELib] (Java) and both will remain free and open.
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In the beginning there was [http://www.eyesopen.com/babel/ Babel], which translated between computational chemistry file formats. And it was useful, liked by many and lived many years. Eventually there was OBabel which never saw the light as a released product. But OBabel lead to [http://www.eyesopen.com/products/toolkits/oelib.html OELib]. This was open and free. What was OELib has become Open Babel (C++) and [http://joelib.sourceforge.net JOELib] (Java) and both will remain open, free, chemical software toolkits.
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As for [http://www.eyesopen.com/ Open Eye], they've created a closed, proprietary library similar to Open Babel called [http://www.eyesopen.com/products/toolkits/oechem.html OEChem].
  
 
So maybe it's not an epic story. But it's a continuing one. Open Babel is a commnunity effort -- many thanks to many previous [[THANKS|contributors]]!
 
So maybe it's not an epic story. But it's a continuing one. Open Babel is a commnunity effort -- many thanks to many previous [[THANKS|contributors]]!

Revision as of 14:06, 28 October 2006

Open Babel is a chemical toolbox designed to speak the many languages of chemical data. It's an open, collaborative project allowing anyone to search, convert, analyze, or store data from molecular modeling, chemistry, solid-state materials, biochemistry, or related areas.

That means that Open Babel has two main pieces:

Heredity

In the beginning there was Babel, which translated between computational chemistry file formats. And it was useful, liked by many and lived many years. Eventually there was OBabel which never saw the light as a released product. But OBabel lead to OELib. This was open and free. What was OELib has become Open Babel (C++) and JOELib (Java) and both will remain open, free, chemical software toolkits.

As for Open Eye, they've created a closed, proprietary library similar to Open Babel called OEChem.

So maybe it's not an epic story. But it's a continuing one. Open Babel is a commnunity effort -- many thanks to many previous contributors!